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Mikael Backlund is on the bubble when it comes to the roster selection for Team Sweden for the World Cup.

Backlund recently finished a stint serving Sweden in the 2016 World Championship where Sweden only had eight NHL regulars on the roster. Because of the team's relative lack of NHL talent, Sweden leaned heavily on Backlund, getting him to log over 21 minutes in six of the Swede's eight games. "It’s always an honor to play for Team Sweden and for me to say no, it’s going to take a lot," Backlund said. Perhaps his willingness to answer the call when asked will help push him over the edge in the roster selection process. If he is part of Team Sweden, it would be as a third or fourth-line forward.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 25 - 8:17 AM

The Calgary Flames are continuing through the process of hiring a head coach, but it doesn't sound like a decision is imminent.

"We’ve talked about a few guys. We’ll speak with a few more. It’s progressing," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. Former Wild coach Mike Yeo is presumably among the people that's been interviewed, based on an earlier report that the Flames asked Minnesota for permission to speak with him. Whoever the Flames hire will be replacing Bob Hartley, who had a 134-135-25 record in four seasons with Calgary.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 24 - 8:43 AM

Flames general manager Brad Treliving is not in a rush to name a coach.

Even as the pool shrinks, Treliving is looking for the right match. "It’s no different than building a team," Treliving said. "It takes time. It’s personal fit. You’re trying to find a match and chemistry." Even if he’s not in a rush, Treliving realizes he can’t wait that long, either.
May 14 - 10:02 PM

It might be a while before the Calgary Flames settle on a head coach.

Flames GM Brad Treliving said he's not rushing to fill the vacancy. "It’s no different than building a team," Treliving said. "You’re trying to find a match and chemistry." The Flames recently asked for permission to speak to former Wild bench boss Mike Yeo.
May 13 - 10:35 AM

The Calgary Flames have reportedly asked the Minnesota Wild for permission to speak to Mike Yeo.

The Wild fired Yeo, but he's still under contract with them, so that's why Calgary had to get their blessing first. Yeo spent parts of five seasons with Minnesota and had a 173-132-44 record with the squad. Minnesota made the playoffs for three straight years from 2013 through 2015, but never got very far in the postseason. Calgary is looking for a new bench boss after firing Bob Hartley.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 12 - 10:24 AM

If the Dallas Stars beat the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 on Wednesday, Dallas' first-round pick will go to the Calgary Flames.

That's a result of the Kris Russell trade, which sent a package to Calgary that included a conditional second round pick. That selection would be upgraded to a first rounder if Dallas made it to the Western Conference Final and Russell plays in at least half of the Stars' first and second round games. Dallas has consistently been using Russell in the playoffs, so all that remains is to see if the Stars can overcome the Blues.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 11 - 10:03 AM

Joredan Sigalet will stay on as the Calgary Flames' goaltending coach.

Sigalet survived the shakeup, which included head coach Bob Hartley being relieved of his duties. It remains to be seen who Sigalet will be working with though. Joni Ortio is a restricted free agent, so he'll presumably be back. However, Jonas Hiller is heading to Europe while Karri Ramo and Niklas Backstrom might also leave as free agents.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 9 - 8:35 AM

Ryan Huska could be in line to be the next head coach of the Calgary Flames.

Huska has coached the last two seasons with Calgary's AHL affiliate, and has been a good developer of some young talent who have seen time with the NHL Flames. "You get into this (for that opportunity)," Huska said. "I left junior because I felt like I wanted to try to push to become an NHL head coach. Of course it’s something you have interest in and how this whole process will shake out, who knows. I really enjoy working for this organization. There is so many great people and the direction they’re going, you want to be a part of it. I’ve enjoyed these last two years but it’s something I do have interest in." Huska played one game in the NHL with Chicago after being a third round pick in 1993. He has not yet talked with the Flames but should get some consideration. Stay tuned.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 7 - 6:43 AM

After being fired by the Calgary Flames, Bob Hartley made it clear he'll be looking for another coaching job.

"Obviously coaching is my passion, coaching is in my blood," said Hartley. "There’s no doubt that I want to coach. I’m only 55 years old and I believe that I’m in great shape. I love this game. I love teaching. I love competing to win hockey games." Calgary only made the playoffs once over his four campaigns with the club, but Hartley still has an impressive resume. He's got 944 games as a head coach under his belt with a 463-361-61-59 record, won a championship with Colorado in 2001, and was the 2015 Jack Adams Award winner.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 5 - 10:26 AM

The firing of coach Bob Hartley was "an eye-opener for a lot of our players," according to Mark Giordano.

Hartley spent four seasons with Calgary and the team posted a 134-135-25 over that span. The Flames failed to make the playoffs in three of those four campaigns, including the 2015-16 season. "You always just feel terrible as a player. There’s no other way to describe it, because you feel like you let someone down," Giordano said. "I’ve been in this situation before, but being the captain of the team, it’s a little bit different. And having a good working relationship and off-ice relationship with Bob, as well, it’s tough. I talked to Bob and thanked him for everything."
Source: Calgary Sun
May 4 - 7:43 AM

Mark Giordano has been named a finalist for the 2016 NHL Foundation Player Award.

The award, which comes with a prize of $25K, is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey; commitment, perseverance and teamwork, to enrich the lives of people in his community." Along with his wife "Team Giordano" works with the Calgary Board of Education to create a unique community program. In turn Team Giordano provides resources to four low-income Calgary schools, including school supplies like computers and journals plus floor hockey equipment. The two-year-old program has impacted over 1,400 kids in the area while Giordano himself has donated over $200K. Should the Giordano's win, they'll become the second Flames to win and the first since Jarome Iginla in 2004.
Source: NHL.com
May 3 - 8:14 PM

The Calgary Flames have fired Bob Hartley.

Hartley went from winning the Jack Adams Award in 2015 to being fired just a year later. Of course, he spent four years in Calgary and in that span the Flames had a 134-135-25 record and only made the playoffs once, so in that context his dismissal is not surprising. Hartley has 944 games as a head coach under his belt between his stints with Calgary, Colorado, and Atlanta. Along the way he led the Avalanche to a championship in 2000-01. The Flames have also parted ways with associate coach Jacques Cloutier.
May 3 - 10:14 AM

GM Brad Treliving is not expecting Czech star Daniel Pribyl to make the Calgary lineup in October.

Treliving is trying to curb the expectations of the 23-year-old and stated that the signing is a two-year project. "He’s still a young player. This is still a two-year project," cautioned Treliving. "I know people will say, ‘Oh, slide him beside Johnny and Mony,’ but I look at this as a two-year commitment right now. It might not be October, and quite frankly, I’m not expecting it to be October that all of a sudden he’s the answer to our prayers. It would be nice, but we look at this as a player who may have to spend time — and who knows how much time — in the minors and grow and develop there." Pribyl was drafted by Montreal in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft but the Habs never signed him, making Pribyl a UFA. He had 16 goals and 45 points in 45 games in the Czech League this season with 11 points in nine playoff games.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 30 - 7:27 AM

Daniel Pribyl has inked a two-year, entry-level contract with Calgary.

It was reported nearly two weeks ago that this would happen, but now it's official. Pribyl came up big in the Czech league this season with 16 goals and 45 points in 45 contests. He had another five goals and 11 points in nine playoff contests.
Apr 29 - 3:30 PM

Colton Orr has announced his retirement.

Orr is hanging up his skates after recording 12 goals, 24 points, and 1,186 penalty minutes in 477 games with the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in his final NHL game on April 11, 2015 and played in 10 games with the AHL's Stockton Heat in 2015-16.
Source: NHLPA.com
Apr 28 - 4:18 PM


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